Item description for Mapping HK by Laurent Gutierrez...
Can we represent the contemporary city when urban conditions are taken to the extreme? How should we approach territorial dynamics and the multidimensional tensions that spread across the surface of the urban scape? These are the some of the questions that the architects of Map Office attempt to answer. Because of its particular history and geography, Hong Kong represents a unique synthesis of global city and local territory. The question of space and place, and the specific pressure of accelerated time make Hong Kong a moving platform of exchange within the Asian and world markets. "Mapping HK" uses Hong Kong as a prototype for a new critical experiment in which the city is documented in a rigorous manner both visually and in text in an attempt to understand the effects of speed and density on our urban environments.
Essays by Laurent Gutierrez and Valerie Portefaix. Foreword by Ackbar Abbas.
150 color and 2 b&w.
10.25 x 8 in.
Publisher: Map Book Publishers
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Studio: Map Book Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.16" Width: 8.2" Height: 0.5" Weight: 1.51 lbs.
Release Date Aug 15, 2001
Publisher Map Book Publishers
ISBN 9628604015 ISBN13 9789628604012
Reviews - What do customers think about Mapping HK?
Fascinating portrait of Hong Kong's urban space Oct 26, 2002
The authors say this is a book for residents of Hong Kong rather than for tourists, but really it is ideal for the kind of traveller who is interested in how various cities work and "feel". I bought this in HK while travelling there in 2001, and can attest that it faithfully and insightfully captures what Hong Kong is "like" (at least at a certain level).
The format basically that of a photo essay, with high-quality photography of distinctive features of HK's urban landscape and often insightful commentary. The authors have a predilection for the language of postmodern continental philosophy, not usually my favourite reading, but sometimes used here to good effect.